I heard her saying …
Imam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله wrote:
“The person who is righteous and honest, his honesty is manifest from the radiance on his face, and his honesty can be known from the glow that is on his face, likewise the (opposite for the) sinful one and the liar. The older a person gets, the more this sign becomes apparent.
So the question I want to ask all of my students is, ‘What’s in Your Ear and Your Face?’
1. What are you listening to?
2. What are you reading?
3. What are you watching?
4. What technology are you using, Mac or PC? Kindle, iPad, Android phone, etc?
The question what you listen to, what you see and read all affect your inner beauty and radiance. With Ramadan knocking at our doors once again, we need to be able to answer these questions with answers that will please Allah. We should choose carefully what we read, after all time is valuable and we do not want to waste it reading material that will not help us achieve our ultimate goal; Jannah.
We should be listening to dars that helps us lift our soul and strengthens our Iman; there are several available on www.bayinah.com. I know all of you will be reading Quran, with an authentic translation and explanation. Tafseer Ibn Kathir and several others are available on www.imaanstar.com.
Do we care about what we see, or watch? We tolerate billboards with ads that portray women in a demeaning light, we only see, we do nothing. So, be selective in what you see, guard your eyes as they will be a witness on Judgement Day.
Finally, technology is here to stay, and it will advance to include things you can only dream of. It is not intrinsically evil, how we use it matters. Use it only as a tool; do not let it rule your life. It is not a substitute for family and friends. Maintain personal relationships with everyone around you.
Think about what you have learnt from your environment, pass it through the filter of Islam, and then live your life by those few but defining rules.